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Pi in the Sky on Pi Day 3.14
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Thursday, March 14, 2013, is the 25th anniversary of Pi Day.
Pi Day, (3.14) was founded by Exploratorium physicist and "Prince of Pi," Larry Shaw.

Pi Day founder Larry Shaw leads the Pi Procession
Pi Day founder Larry Shaw leads the Pi Procession
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The Greek letter "pi" is the symbol used in mathematics to represent the ratio of the circumference of a circle to its diameter, which is a never-ending number,  3.14159265358979323846264 ... 

The Greek letter, Pi
The Greek letter, Pi
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This irrational holiday is celebrated every year on 3/14 at 1:59 pm (the first five values of pi).

Have Your Pi and Eat it Too

Exploratorium festivities will take place outdoors from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. in the Pier 15 Plaza in San Francisco, CA, weather permitting, and are free and open to the public.

Exploratorium staff members celebrate Pi in all its forms
Exploratorium staff members celebrate Pi in all its forms
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Exploratorium Pi Day tradition includes a delectable selection of edible pies available for participants to enjoy.  This year's pies are made by the Exploratorium's brand new culinary partner Curiosity Catering, a collaboration between Chef Loretta Keller of COCO 500, and Bon Appetit Management Company.

Tossing pizza .pi., a traditional activity for the PI Day celebration
Tossing pizza .pi., a traditional activity for the PI Day celebration
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Festivities also include pizza pie tossing demonstrations by Joe Forte of Pasquale's Pizzeria (participants may practice their own tossing techniques.)

The Exploratorium will also be sharing pi-related activities, hosing a Pi Parade, and will ceremoniously install their new Pi Shrine into a fittingly circular site outside Pier 15, in addition to other interactive pi activities.

It is also Albert Einstein's birthday.

Young fans prepare for the Pi Procession.
Young fans prepare for the Pi Procession.
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Pi in the Sky

The Exploratorium will also present Pi in the Sky: The artist ISHKY, in collaboration with AirSign, has brought together a team of artists, programmers and scientists to create this event.  At an altitude of about 10,000 feet, a team of five synchronized aircraft equipped with dot-matrix technology will skywrite the first 1,000 numbers of Pi's infinite sequence. This event will take place  at 1:59 p.m. on Thursday, March 14 2013, weather permitting.
Each number will measure over a quarter-mile in height, and the aircraft will fly in a loop beginning over the Exploratorium's new home at Pier 15 and across the waterfront and San Francisco Bay Area communities.

On the opposite coast, Manhattan's MoMath, the new National Museum of Mathematics, will also be offering an after-school pi-themed scavenger hunt.

A real .Q T Pi. celebrates her first birthday on Pi Day.
A real .Q T Pi. celebrates her first birthday on Pi Day.
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Cut my pie into four pieces,  I don't think I could eat eight.  "- Yogi Berra

If you can't be in San Francisco or Manhattan, don't fret, you can celebrate with a t-shirt for your favorite geek or pet, just as easy as pi.

3.14 - PIE  T-shirt from shirt.woot.com
3.14 - PIE T-shirt from shirt.woot.com
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Pi your dog
Pi your dog
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I 8 sum pi T-shirt by Computergear.com
I 8 sum pi T-shirt by Computergear.com
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For more info:
Exploratorium website: http://www.exploratorium.edu

Info on Pi from the Exploratorium: http://www.exploratorium.edu/pi/index.html

Pi Day website: http://www.piday.org

MoMath Museum website: http://momath.org

 

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Meryl Ann Butler is an artist, author, educator and OpedNews Managing Editor who has been actively engaged in utilizing the arts as stepping-stones toward joy-filled wellbeing since she was a hippie. She began writing for OpEdNews in Feb, 2004. She became a Senior Editor in August 2012 and Managing Editor in January, (more...)
 

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